Young Mr. Lincoln"). But weather, obviously, influences the course of war itself. Take, for example, the Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill) on September 1, 1862, fought during a fierce thunderstorm. Or, the so-called Mud March of January, 1863.
On top of the normal weather hassles of the soldier, some Southern soldiers, who had never experienced winter before, suddenly were introduced to snow and freezing cold temperatures as they served in war many miles north of their childhood homes.
On March 30, 1864, a North Carolina newspaper published this: "The weather continues cold, uncomfortable, and equinoctial". (Equinoctial? That's our vocabulary word for today.)
But all was not grim.
In fact, a soldier's biggest enemy, a lot of the time, was not battle, but another "b" - boredom.
On March 22, 1864, in Dalton, Georgia, a fall of between 3 and 5 inches of fresh new white snow could not be ignored by troops. A great snowball fight broke out between Confederate troops from Tennessee and Mississippi and several other states.
There was strategy, taking of prisoners, charges, and lots and lots of flung snow by the time the fight was over. Civilian spectators came to enjoy the sight.
It was good that those troops got to enjoy a day of epic snow fighting and all-in-fun prisoner taking, because things were going to suddenly get a lot more grim, in a war that was already way too grim.
The storm clouds of war are gathering again....